Matthew Schembri wrote:
But lately i'm getting kinda obsessed with wanting to make my hands more flexible, i'm practicing 2 hrs almost every day, hanon and clementi's sonatinas but i'm not really seeing any effect after 4 years... i read about sleeping with corks between my fingers, but it sounds ridiculous. Dunno...
I think if you practised 2 hours hanon and clementi, for 4 years and there is not too much progress, you need to change something.
Maybe you could check whether your fingers and, very important, hand wrists are really loose while playing so that nothing tenses up. That's in my opinion very important but often not the case. If there is something stiff, it won't get more flexible, no matter how long you try this way. Like Chopin said "Soupleness above all". It is easy to say someone to play "relaxed", because that is not something one needs to do, it comes through undoing something. Better replace "relaxed" by "release". Hands are most flexible if all muscles are released.
Does this make any sense to you?